Program Information: Behavioral Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2400
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: El Paso VA Health Care System
Department: Behavioral Health Services
Address: 5001 North Piedras Street
El Paso, Texas 79930
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: In El Paso
Phone: 915-564-6100x5354
Fax:
Email: victoria.sank@va.gov
Web Address: https://www.elpaso.va.gov/services/psychology.asp
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.elpaso.va.gov/services/psychology.asp
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Victoria Sank
Chief Psychologist: Emilia Candelario
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 20
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/18/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 paid federal holidays; 4 hours of paid sick leave and 4 hours of paid annual leave earned each pay period; training in evidence-based treatments by national trainers; health insurance options that cover spouses and dependent children (contribution to cost required). Health Professional Trainees (HPTs) must meet a minimum of 130 hours/month of work for a period of 90 days to meet eligibility requirements for Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHP). Additionally, new OAA guidance provided 11/2021 indicates that, moving forward, HPTs within VA are not eligible for benefits such as Vision, Dental, FMLA, paid paternal leave.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day for an intern may include supervision with their rotation supervisor, 2 individual therapy patients, 1 treatment group, and time for documentation, assessment report writing, and/or dissertation. On any given day, an intern may also observe their supervisor demonstrating different clinical interventions live.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/23/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/07/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/05/2022
Interview process description:

Application materials are initially reviewed for completion, eligibility, quality of submitted materials, clinical and assessment experience, letters of recommendation, and goodness of fit with our program training goals. Applicants selected from this initial review will be notified and invited for interviews. Interviews will be conducted virtually to increase accessibility to our facility.

All personal interviews are conducted individually and by invitation only. Candidates will be informed by e-mail within 2 weeks of the application deadline whether or not they have been invited for a personal interview. We will offer three interview dates in January, between 1/05/2022 and 1/28/2022. The interview date will include an initial group meeting with the Training Director, individual one-on-one interviews with at least two staff psychologists, and a group Q & A session with the current interns. We adhere strictly to the selection process guidelines established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Biola University; Fielding Graduate University; New Mexico State University; University of North Dakota; Adler University; Alliant International University; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The El Paso VA Healthcare System (EPVAHCS) is a Complexity Level 2 facility that provides outpatient behavioral and medical healthcare to Veterans in Southern New Mexico, El Paso, and surrounding cities. The El Paso VA includes four Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, TX. It also includes a brand new Mental Health CBOC that we call the South Central Wellness Center. The majority of training takes place at the South Central Wellness Center. 

The Psychology Internship at the EPVAHCS is a VA Internship site with (3) funded positions. This internship is Fully Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

Our Psychology Internship Program at the EPVAHCS is commited to close supervision and competency-based training in a collegial setting. Our philosophy is that all practicing psychologists should have a strong foundation in general clinical psychology and the ability to apply empirical data to clinical procedures and assessment. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model of psychology. 

The program follows a traditional one-to-one apprenticeship model in which the intern works closely with her or his supervisor. Primary areas of skills are in clinical assessment and intervention, consultation, scholarly inquiry, and awareness of and sensitivity to professional, ethical, legal, and diversity issues. Although our psychology staff provides a number of specialized services, we believe that training in clinical and counseling psychology at the doctoral level should be broadly based rather than narrowly focused. 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Military Veterans

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research:
Administration: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: https://www.elpaso.va.gov/services/psychology.asp  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 9 11 17 60
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 8 8 15 26
Total number of interns: 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 3 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 0 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 3 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 6 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 20 20
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 1 0 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 1 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0